Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and often debilitating disease which attacks the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves). It is the most common neurological disease in young adults and attacks people at the time of their lives when they are planning families and building a career.
It was in 2008, soon after Tim had proposed to his wife and was enjoying his football career, when he noticed his first symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
Blurred vision turned into double vision and before long numbness started to set in. Trying to hide the symptoms at work became increasingly hard for Tim, who soon after, contacted MS Employment Support. Our team talked to his employer and they all worked together to allow Tim to reach his full potential, as well as provide him with a wheelchair to combat his impaired balance and fatigue.
Multiple sclerosis affects everyone differently and thanks to the help of donors, Tim was able get help from MS, tailored to his symptoms. Your fundraising enables people affected by multiple sclerosis to do all the everyday things we take for granted.
Nadine was affected suddenly and severely by her multiple sclerosis. She was suffering from vertigo, numbness and debilitating fatigue.
Thanks to the support of donors, the MS Care Service was able to put Nadine in touch with an occupational therapist. Here, she was able to unravel each symptom and understand better what was causing them.
By planning the way forward with her occupational therapist, Nadine could work towards different milestones and bring back normalcy to her and her childrens' lives. Your fundraising enables people affected by multiple sclerosis to do all the everyday things we take for granted.
Scott was an up-and-coming film producer, about to set off on an overseas holiday, when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
He tried not to let it interfere with his life. Unfortunately, things soon caught up with him. Scott couldn't get out of bed, couldn't work, couldn't even get himself dressed.
With support from donors, MS Connect was able to be his lifeline. It connected him with education sessions, letting him better understand the disease and his symptoms. Through MS Connect, Scott had someone who understood what he was going through and who was able to reassure him, letting him know he wasn't alone. Your fundraising enables people affected by multiple sclerosis to do all the everyday things we take for granted.
Having previously suffered from an onset of double vision, a specialist would eventually diagnose Jana with multiple sclerosis. Jana's symptoms subsided, but unfortunately a relapse later down the track severely hindered her ability to walk unaided.
Deciding that she didn't want to rely on a scooter for the rest of her life, Jana sought help from MS. Through consistent physiotherapy and support at our Studdy MS Centre, Jana was able to return to using her walking frame - met with applause from our MS team members!
With the goal of using only a walking stick, Jana is continuing to strengthen her muscles and using the services provided by MS thanks to donations and fundraising. Your fundraising enables people affected by multiple sclerosis to do all the everyday things we take for granted.